Award-winning apps for enterprise and start-up

We're an experienced team of 30+ designers and senior developers that will build your app with you. We have designed, developed and released 60+ apps for iPhone, iPad, OS X, and Android platforms.

Tell us more about your app and the state it's in, and we will come up with the next steps.

We won US design awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Our clients' work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Fast Company among others.

What You Get

An integrated team of two or more developers, a designer, and a Product Owner will work full-time on your app. Expect daily and weekly meetings, lots of facetime, calls and chats.

Our Process:

The 4 main steps to build your app:

1. Wireframes - We have to start with strategy, so expect many questions regarding your project. Kickoff can take a place in NY, Warsaw or online.

2. High-Fidelity Projects - So we will be on the same page when it comes to app design.

3. Pixel-Perfect Design - Your app needs to be perfect, there is nothing to discuss here.

4. End-To-End Development - Working in Agile methodology we will provide the first results faster.

Based on our experience and know-how we will be able to cherry-pick the steps that apply to your project.

Contact Us

[email protected]

+1 (408) 217-1455

 
Undisclosed
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
Macoscope
Cegłowska 29
Warsaw
Poland
Macoscope
154 Grand Street
New York City, NY
United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We work with founders, CTOs, and Fortune 500 companies. With more than 7 years of experience under our belt, we offer help with all the stages your app needs to go through to be ready for launch.

See our portfolio.

Art Intelligence, Collectively, OUTlife, DE-DE, Wheel Systems, Canopy, Storydesk, Mind the Kids, Uscreen, Coliloquy

OUTlife, social network (iPhone & Android)

Macoscope was responsible for designing and developing iOS and Android app.

OUTlife is a community for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. It is not another dating app, but a community with focus on friendships, content, sharing experiences and personal stories. If you want to meet new people and grow your LGBTQ network then OUTlife is for you.

Memo, messenger (iPhone & Android)

With Memo (Anonymous Interoffice Messenger), employees have the power to make their company better by sharing their concerns and opinions anonymously. For this project Macoscope was rewarded with [app] design award USA in 2015.

Remember, custom spell-checking service (Mac)

A special application “Remember” was created for our client to help avoid the use of the term “Polish concentration camps” or “Polish death camps” in 16 languages. The program, which can be installed on a personal computer searches for a false phrase, underlines it and suggests the appropriate wording. It received huge international press coverage. 

Future TV (Apple TV app concept)

Ingredients for a remarkable TV experience designed by Macoscope team. This app concept is our reply to the question "What kind of TV experience users would want to pay for?”. This question, combined with our obsession with UX and UI tweaks, resulted in a bold vision of an all-in-one experience designed around opportunities mostly unexplored by all the major players.

Break Time, productivity app (iPhone and Apple Watch app concept)

Our conceptual app helps people relax together and promotes human interaction in the workplace. By combining the capabilities of to-do list software, time-tracking tools, the Pomodoro Technique, Slack integration, and indoor location sensors, we devised a concept for a simple app that might solve an important problem plaguing the contemporary workforce: finding the right time to meet with your co-workers, either as a group or for a face-to-face convo. 

Work-Life Balance, productivity app (iPhone and Apple Watch app concept)

The app we came up with is supposed to encourage people to work more efficiently and intelligently, to relax more often, and to foster interactions and support between coworkers. Work better, not more, and take care to nurture proper work-life balance.

Nozbe, productivity app (iPhone and iPad)

Nozbe is one of the most respectful productivity tool. Macoscope delivered iPhone and iPad apps. 

Circuloid, game (iPad)

Circuloid is a classic arkanoid/breakout brick-breaker game for iPad with a few twists. The game was designed and developed by Macoscope. 

Birdseye Mail, email client (iPad)

Birdseye is the first email client built from the ground up for tablets. It is a finger friendly, visual overview of your inbox with intuitive actions for each email to cut through the overload. Macoscope was responsible for designing and developing the app. 

Bubble Browser 2, visual exploration of Evernote data (Mac)

Bubble Browser is an application for visual exploration of your Evernote data. It lets you experience your notebooks, tags and notes broken down by dates with a unique, fresh (and fun) perspective. In Bubble Browser, your information is aggregated and presented in bubbles, which differ in size according to the amount of data stored under a particular tag, notebook, or date.

Code Pilot, plugin for Apple’s Xcode IDE (Mac)

Code Pilot is a plugin for Apple’s Xcode IDE. Code Pilot enhances Xcode with swift project navigation. It saves you time (and money!) while you browse files, classes and other symbols with just a few keystrokes.

LinkedIn, social network (iPhone app concept)

This is a hi-fidelity prototype of how the LinkedIn app for iOS could look like.

Focusbar, productivity app (Mac)

Bring your tasks to a focus with this simple but powerful Mac app. Focusbar helps you to focus on one thing at a time. All you have to do is press "start activity", type your task and press enter. Focusbar will show up on your screen from time to time, reminding you that it’s time to work on what you’ve planned.

Bubble Browser, visual exploration of Evernote data (iPad)

Evernote tags, notebooks and dates are represented by colorful and differently sized bubbles, which expose most important pieces of information in evey given context. By presenting your data in an aesthetic, more natural and approachable way, bubble browser for iPad addresses the challenge of dealing with constantly increasing amounts of information. Swipe across screen to navigate through groups of floating bubbles tap on them to discover notes and related information.

Reviews

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iOS App Development for Technology Incubator

"Whoever works with Macoscope is getting a great deal."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Macoscope provided engineering expertise for the initial product prototypes of an iPad and iPhone email application. They also collaborated on the follow-on versions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Robert Spychala
Former CTO, De-De
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app was featured in the App Store, garnered thousands of users, and received recognition in various tech publications. Macoscope offers a high level of talent at a competitive price. They provided engaged, daily communication despite a time difference and had a vested interest in the project.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

At the time of this project, I was at a company called De-De. It was a technology incubator. We had funding from a couple of investors, and we ran that company for about three years.

What is your position?

I was the CTO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Macoscope?

The biggest project we did with Macoscope was an email application on iPad and iPhone called Birdseye Mail. At that time, we didn't have a team dedicated to the project. We had some designs and some ideas, and we decided to work with Macoscope to build the initial product prototypes and the versions that were built out from those prototypes. We essentially worked together for about two years building Birdseye Mail.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Macoscope did the engineering of the application. We started prototyping the project on iOS 6, and we built the first version. Then, we decided to grow the team a little bit and have Macoscope work with us in New York on more of a collaborative effort versus them being purely a vendor. That worked out very well.

For version two, we had junior developers in New York City and a couple of members more senior on the Macoscope side in Warsaw. The idea behind that was we wanted to have a global team that would be able to parallel our efforts. 

They did a lot of ideation with us. In the beginning, we were building only the iPad application. Toward the end, we decided to build an iPhone version as well, and the Macoscope team was involved in that. They owned that process. We did have the design based out of New York City. We had a designer working with us. The vast majority of the prototyping was done in Warsaw.

How did you come to work with Macoscope?

We had a contractor in the early days at De-De who had worked with Macoscope before and they recommended we work with them.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It cost over $200,000. This was during the span of two years.

What is the status of this engagement?

It is completed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We ended up selling Birdseye to Yandex, so that was very successful. 

We were featured in the App Store, and have thousands of users. We had articles written about the product in various tech publications– all very favorable articles. We've had a lot of success working with them. I would definitely work with them again.

How did Macoscope perform from a project management standpoint?

We used JIRA as the internal tool to manage the projects. We had daily calls to keep a rhythm. I think that's important, having conversations every day, especially for teams that are working remotely. That worked well. We also flew out to Warsaw a couple of times, and they flew out to New York a couple of times. It was a great collaboration.

What distinguishes Macoscope from other providers?

Macoscope has extremely talented developers. Whoever works with Macoscope is getting a great deal. That's rare because, often, when you work with contracting firms, it's not the best talent. Maybe those companies brand themselves very well as being tech visionaries, but it's not the best talent that gets attracted to work at these gigantic consulting companies. 

Is there anything Macoscope could have improved or done differently?

The time difference wasn't ideal, but we made it work. We had a great partnership with Macoscope.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They do a great job.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'll definitely recommend them.

iOS App Development for Art Company

"They were 100% on the ball at all times and exceeded my expectations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Macoscope helped plan and develop a mobile app that presents and implements a sophisticated CMS in a user-friendly way. The team provided end-to-end development and is now assisting with App Store submission.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Bridget Goodbody
CEO, Art Intelligence
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is currently in the App Store review process. Macoscope employed efficient, transparent project management and offered full-spectrum customer service. They collaborated well with other developers during a tedious process, remained attentive to detail, and cared about project success.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Art Intelligence is a mobile app developer for the art world. We make it easy for galleries, artists, estates, auction houses, universities, and historians to create mobile experiences that can be used for education purposes as well as promotions. We mostly promote exhibitions and universities.

What is your position?

I am the founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Macoscope?

We have a content management system that's quite sophisticated and allows for people to put a lot of information and data together to create an immersive art experience in a mobile environment. It's important that the mobile product that comes out of all this data works well and is user-friendly. We needed to hire a company that could create a great design for our app and collaborate with other agencies that were working on this project. Macoscope handled that beautifully.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Macoscope helped us to plan the project, and they developed the app fully. They provided project management for the project, and we worked on it together on a daily basis. Now, we're going through the process of submitting to the App Store and getting through all the reviews. I've done that a number of times before, and it's never an uncomplicated process. It takes a village to create any kind of software, and they are a village. Macoscope provided a full, end-to-end service during this project.

How did you come to work with Macoscope?

They were recommended by the original UX [user experience] designer of the project. I interviewed many people before I ended up hiring them, and they stood out.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It cost between $50,000 and $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We are still working together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I do not have any results to share as we are going through the App Store review process right now.

How did Macoscope perform from a project management standpoint?

Macoscope provided an amazing project manager – a UX and UI [user interface] designer. Everything was put up on JIRA, so I could see exactly what was going on at all times. We were able to keep everything on track and still have it look the way we wanted. In fact, they made it even better than we could have hope for. That's a major plus of working with an organization like Macoscope. They take care of everything for you. 

What distinguishes Macoscope from other providers?

I've worked with a number of different teams. I wanted a team that could also collaborate with other developers. It was a massive task getting this data to line up and feed properly into the app, and Macoscope did it beautifully. That can be quite hard to do because it's a long and arduous process. Macoscope's attention to detail really sets them apart. They never let their foot off the gas. They were 100% on the ball at all times and exceeded my expectations. 

Is there anything Macoscope could have improved or done differently?

I have to say no. They paid great attention to detail, cared about the product, and wanted to ensure its success. They were there 100% of the way.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    That was no easy task – let me tell you.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think their pricing is fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely.

iOS & Android App Development for LGBTQ Social Network

"Macoscope's project management is brilliant."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Macoscope is creating iOS and Android versions of an app to complement an existing web application. The team has completed the iOS version and is now working on the Android version.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denmark
Peter Holm
CEO, OUTlife
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app currently generates 1,000 daily users and has garnered positive feedback. Macoscope is a talented, helpful team and continues to demonstrate a high level of empathy for the project and its end-users. They are open and direct in communication and foster a collaborative working environment.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Our company is a social network for LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and queer] people. We are still in the startup stages.

What is your position?

I'm the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Macoscope?

We were looking to create iOS and Android apps for our existing web application.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The concept of the app was clear when Macoscope joined our project. They have done an amazing job designing it. When they came along, we'd already done the website, so they had the task to transform the website into iOS and Android apps. I will say they improved our design a lot, and actually much of the design they did on the app was later implemented on the web. It's been an amazing project.

How did you come to work with Macoscope?

We used Google to find mobile app developers. We wanted a premium developer. We had three companies, a premium in Denmark, a premium in Warsaw, and a cheap one in Denmark. We felt like the two premium companies were very similar, but then it was cheaper in Warsaw, so we went with them. I will say we have not regretted it. They're not cheap, but they're very talented.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The project has cost between $200,000 and $1 million. This is only for the iOS app.

What is the status of this engagement?

We are still working with them. Right now, they're doing our Android.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have received amazing feedback from users. Actually, it was surprisingly good. We're getting 1,000 daily users right now. To be fair, I can't say if this is because of Macoscope's work or because they just liked the concept. I will say I'm surprised that is functions so well.  

How did Macoscope perform from a project management standpoint?

Macoscope's project management is brilliant. I'm a big fan of theirs. They communicate well and are great to work with. 

What distinguishes Macoscope from other providers?

I would say empathy sets them apart. I've worked with many IT [information technology] companies before and the one who developed our website, which was hired afterwards. Macoscope's team has amazing empathy. This is a social network, and it's for LGBTQ people. When we came, we were actually quite skeptical because we didn't know how they would react to it. I would say they have been our second family throughout the project. They're an amazing partner to have. They're nice and helpful.

You don't feel like you're ever troubling them. I think this is their strength because they built a good product. I think what they've done is create a working environment, which is very free and open. They don't mind telling us if they think we're wrong. They are very direct people.

Is there anything Macoscope could have improved or done differently?

I would like them to lower the price, I would say. Otherwise, I think the only problem we've had has been creating a contract, which has put us in a bit of risk. I think the reason we have had this problem is because, on our board, there are three lawyers and Macoscope has some lawyers as well. The moment you don't accept the conditions, which is to understand the contract, then it takes a lot of time. I would say that's the only thing we've had problems with. We shouldn't use the contract. It would only be if there were any problems, and there haven't been. I would say this has been the only negative experience I've had, and this is as much our fault as it is Macoscope's.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already done it to several.

iOS & Android App Development for Social App

"Macoscope is superior to any company I’ve ever worked with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Macoscope completed the development of iOS and Android versions of an anonymous messaging app using supplied wireframes. The team provided design, coding, and UX services for several iterations of the app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Ryan Janssen
CEO, Memo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has been very well received, garnered press from every major media source, and won the US App Awards for its design. Macoscope provides a broad range of skills and effective, seamless project management that requires little to no client involvement or oversight.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Memo is an anonymous messaging app for companies.

What is your position?

I'm the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Memo.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Macoscope?

Specifically, as it relates to Macoscope, we needed both an iOS and an Android app developed for our application.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

When I came to Macoscope, we had largely wireframed out the app. They definitely did all of the design for the app. They managed the iOS and the Android app project developments, and they did all of the client side code.

Since we launched this a year ago on iOS, there have been a lot of iterations. We had the iOS app in production for about six months before we started on the Android. They did most of the UX [user experience] work for the Android piece, and a lot of UX insights, discussions and work on the iOS app, as we iterated through it.

How did you come to work with Macoscope?

A couple of my engineers knew someone who was an engineer at Macoscope. We were actually going to recruit him, and he said he was happy where he was, and that led to an introduction to Macoscope. Quite honestly, it was a real lifesaver at the time. We were about ready to embark on the iOS development project, and it wasn't really our core competency. We would have got it done, but nowhere near the level that we were able to achieve with Macoscope.

I've been building software and businesses for 20 years. I've worked with literally hundreds of consultants, and this is one of the best firms I've ever worked with, from top to bottom. In terms of just amazing communication, commitment, talent across the board, Macoscope has been really fantastic.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We've spent around $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

It's largely wrapped, although we're working with them on some updates on the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

It was an extremely well-received app. We had press from every major media source: the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch. The response has been pretty overwhelming for the app itself. We've won the US App Awards, in terms of design for the app, for both the Android and iOS app.

How did Macoscope perform from a project management standpoint?

Macoscope is superior to any company I’ve ever worked with. I've had very talented consultants work for me before, both in engineering and in software, but I've never had a team that I was able to hire wholesale and then just leave them with a large part of the project, and with relatively little involvement on my part. It felt like they were an extension of our team. I didn't have to project manage anything. It was fantastic. It was like a dream come true for me.

Is there anything Macoscope could have improved or done differently?

They're pretty deferential to our project vision and what we were trying to do. I think they're smart, talented and experienced enough to push back more.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They definitely stuck to what they said but as I said, we spent a lot of money with them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them all the time to everyone I know.